Looking at the river must be a beautiful and peaceful experience, I thought as soon as I saw the phto of @shaka. The sculpture represented first of all a longing. There is too much war around me. Maybe that's why my first choice was to give that tired warrior a good day. I also wanted with this collage, even through fantasy, to inhabit for a moment a world where war is obsolete.
Then I read the story of Helvetia auf der Reise, the sculpture by the Swiss artist Bettina Eichin, which I did not know. And so it seemed right to give a day of fun to this important traveler, in need of experiences similar to those I wanted. Since we inhabit the world of fiction, I decided to have fun with my collage.
Out of these motivations, I have learned a few things about manipulating images. I am very proud (please don't laugh at this blanket). I liked folding it, adjusting it to the shape I needed.
For the first time, too, I dared to radically modify the photograph of @shaka, and, although I feel that I tightened up more than the whole thing, it's a little bit unknowable that I destroyed that photograph, which I had liked very much. However, I needed a cliff and I built it with the copy and paste tool, measuring the size of the image to preserve the perspective.
I made the sun shine with a light effect and achieved the transparency of the water by manipulating the transparency of the layer.
Then there are some other things that required patience but I had done them before. I hope you like it.
Friends, if you are enthusiastic about art, try making collages. You won't regret it. I leave the link of this week's call for Let's Make a Collage, Round 59. It's more than a fun initiative. It deserves support.
And, of course, the photo by @shaka
I would like to say goodbye with a detail of the basic photography, because I really liked the experience of coloring the little dove that accompanies Helvetia, symbol of peace.